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Teen Health and Success Partnership

Teen Health and Success Partnership: Matching high schoolers in the City of Rochester with jobs across UR and providing college and career planning assistance and opportunities.

The Teen Health and Success Partnership (THSP) matches students living in the City of Rochester with employment opportunities at the University of Rochester (UR) and provides hiring and employment assistance to support students’ long-term career success.

Employment at the University exposes students to local career opportunities in their field of choice – from health care to food service to IT – and helps them develop marketable job skills and financial independence. The program is a partnership with local high schools, the Hillside Work-Scholarship Connection (HW-SC) and FutureReady. Participating students have access to an advocate and a suite of wrap-around services for overcoming obstacles at home, school, and work. This partnership structure provides students with the vision and tools for a range of educational and career options after graduation, and enables the University of Rochester to employ well-prepared youth from the local community.

Our Approach

THSP studentJob Identification

The Hiring Navigator works with departments across all UR locations to identify job opportunities for high school students.

Student Recruitment

UR job opportunities are shared during employment training, and students interview with the Teen Employment team.

ID badgesHiring Support

The Hiring Navigator helps with the application, department interview, pre-hire compliance, and onboarding processes.

Employment Navigation

Monica at workEmployment Navigators act as a liaison and support system for students and supervisors, addressing any workplace concerns.

Career Success

Employment Navigators help students prepare for their long-term education and career goals, including applying for promotions at UR.

Our Progress

THSP students work in a wide range of jobs, spanning 36 departments across Strong Memorial Hospital, Highland Hospital, and the main UR campus.


of our 2023 seniors graduated from high school and 80% enrolled in college


High school students were employed through our program in 2023


of our program participants remain employed at UR after high school graduation


participating high school students and program grads have received promotions at UR

Student Testimonials

Take a look at some of our Teen Health and Success Partnership success stories!

Program mentors point the light behind you to help you shine. I wouldn't be a Pharmacy Technician if I wasn't getting any help. My team in the Outpatient Pharmacy at Strong Memorial Hospital is very supportive and has really shown me this is the best place for me.

Musa, CPhT

If you really want to work in the health field, the Teen Health & Success Partnership Program staff will help you decide if it's right for you. They have the right connections and resources. they motivated and guided me through every step of the process.


The Teen Health & Success Partnership Program has helped shape my career. I thought I was going to be a musician and now I am getting first-hand experience in the nursing field. I started out as a Patient Safety Assistant and was promoted to a Patient Care Technician.


What I am learning now, as a high school student, is giving me early exposure to the career of nursing that others my age won't necessarily have.


The Teen Health & Success Partnership program is the ‘place to be’ for those interested in a career in the health care field. It provides the opportunity to work closely with experts that people my age wouldn’t normally get.


Get Involved

For more information on the Teen Health & Success Partnership and its programs, contact Annabelle Kleist.

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